While I've heard many wonder aloud whether Microsoft officials are angry -- to the point of possibly suing OEMs which release near clones of Microsoft's own Surface hardware, Microsoft's chief marketing officer Chris Capossela recently told me and my Windows Weekly co-host Paul Thurrott that this isn't the case.
Capossela said that Microsoft's OEM/PC partners have the ability to scale their hardware production businesses far beyond what Microsoft itself can do. While Microsoft, of course, would like to build up its own hardware business, its executives' expectations are that Microsoft's main goal in building its Surface business is to create new device categories. It's a kind of lift-all-boats type thing at work.
Dell seemingly believes the company is creating its own category, calling the Canvas not just a monitor, but "the world's first horizontal smart workspace of its kind with touch, totem and pen capabilities."